While visiting Panj–a town on the border of #Tajikistan & #Afghanistan–I noted the security challenges and economic opportunities these neighbors share. The US is proud to support cooperation between, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and the broader region…Thanks to #Tajikistan for its commitment to border security & efforts to prevent flow of terrorism & narcotics. With over 10 yrs of @DeptofDefense support & 0 million in US security assistance, Tajikistan is building capacity to counter these shared threats. AGW.
Tajik officials say militants from the extremist Islamic State (IS) terrorist group crossed from Afghanistan’s Kunduz Province into Tajikistan specifically to carry out acts of terror. IS later claimed responsibility for the attack that left at least one Tajik policeman and border guard dead (though later reports claimed at least five more border guards were killed) as well as 15 of the 20 attackers.
Information that subsequently emerged, such as the fact that women and children had participated in the attack, cast much doubt on an IS link.
But for the many parties who see militants behind practically every rock on the Afghan side of the border, the Tajik government’s version of events just proved what they have been warning about. And in the case of Russia and China, this meant offering or forcing their help on Central Asia wherever possible.